Man arrested after growhouse bust

Robert Underwood

Robert Underwood

A Golden Gate Estates man is accused of using his home to grow marijuana worth more than $160,000, according to Collier County sheriff's deputies.

Acting on a search warrant, detectives entered the home at 2720 24th Ave. S.E. around 6:45 a.m. Thursday and found an indoor grow operation, according to the Sheriff's Office. The master bedroom had been converted into a nursery with fluorescent lights, a fan and 30 marijuana plants, officials said.

Two other rooms on the east side of the home contained 25 marijuana plants and equipment like transformers and high-intensity light bulbs, according to reports. The total amount of marijuana found inside the house was valued at $165,000, officials said.

Robert Rogers Underwood, 52, told deputies he had lived at the house for more than one year and said he leases the property. He faces felony charges of possession of a structure used to manufacture drugs and marijuana cultivation/manufacture, and a misdemeanor charge of drug paraphernalia possession.

The discovery marked the third time this month detectives have found a grow house in the Estates. The other two homes were at 1825 Washburn Ave and 1900 Washburn Ave., although no arrests have been made yet in those cases.

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